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Canon Powershot G6

By: Dave Etchells

The next generation of Canon's popular "G" model updates the line with a larger, 7.1-megapixel CCD and a redesigned camera body.

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 09/28/2004

7.1-megapixel CCD for 3,072 x 2,304 pixel images
4x optical zoom lens, f/2.0-3.0
Auto, Scene Program, Program, and Manual exposure modes
Unique tilt/swivel LCD panel
Very good noise performance: Low levels and a small, tight pattern.

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The Canon PowerShot G6 is the latest in a long line of high-end digicams from Canon Inc, reaching back to the original G1, first introduced back in the fall of 2000. Canon's G-series PowerShots have consistently been among the most popular cameras on our site, thanks to their combination of a rich feature set, excellent optics, and superior image quality. The new Canon G6 keeps the same excellent 4x zoom lens and most of my favorite features from the previous PowerShot G5 model, but bumps the sensor resolution to 7.1 megapixels up from the G5's 5.0. Besides the larger sensor though, the new Canon G6 incorporates quite a few other enhancements, including a slightly larger tilt/swivel LCD display, a redesigned camera body, menu system and user interface. Read on for all the details, the new Canon PowerShot G6 looks like a real winner in the high-end digital rangefinder camera market!


High Points

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    7.1-megapixel CCD delivering image resolutions as high as 3,072 x 2,304 pixels.
  • Real-image optical viewfinder and 2.0-inch, color LCD monitor with swivel design.
  • 4x optical zoom, 7.2-28.8mm f/2.0-3.0 lens (equivalent to a 35-140mm lens on a 35mm camera) with auto and manual focus.
  • Continuously adjustable AF area, and focus bracketing mode.
  • Digital telephoto as high as 4.1x.
  • Full Automatic, Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual exposure modes, as well as three preset exposure modes, and two user-programmable modes.
  • Manually adjustable aperture settings from f/2 to f/8, depending on zoom setting.
  • Built-in neutral-density filter can be switched in via the shooting menu. (Equivalent to external ND 0.9 filter, 3-stop exposure cut.)
  • Manually adjustable shutter speed settings from 1/2,000 to 15 seconds.
  • Variable light sensitivity: Auto, 50, 100, 200, or 400 ISO equivalents.
  • Evaluative, Center-Weighted Average and Spot metering modes, with an adjustable Spot area.
  • Spot metering optionally tied to adjustable AF area.
  • White Balance adjustment with nine settings, including two separate "custom" options.
  • Built-in flash with nine operating modes, flash metering is TTL (through the lens).
  • External flash hot shoe.
  • Flash system supports full wireless capabilities of EOS speedlights, via optional Canon wireless transmitter.
  • Flash system supports optional ringlight and Macro Twin Light accessory flash units.
  • Continuous Shooting (normal and high-speed), Stitch-Assist, Auto Exposure Bracketing, and Movie recording modes.
  • Contrast, Sharpness, and Saturation adjustment.
  • Vivid Color, Neutral Color, Low Sharpening, B&W, and Sepia options.
  • Remote control and utilities for operating the camera from a computer.
  • JPEG and RAW still image file formats, movies saved as AVI / Motion JPEGs.
  • Images saved to CompactFlash Type I or II memory cards.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility.
  • USB cable for high-speed connection to a computer.
  • Canon Digital Camera software ver. 20.0 included, as well as ArcSoft Camera Suite 2.1.
  • Powered by Canon BP-511A rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack, with AC adapter/in-camera charger included.


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